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Revenge of the Geek
Revenge of the Geek
by Piper Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.25
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Revenge of the Geek (Paperback)
At Geek High, being extraordinary is ordinary.

For Miranda Bloom, junior year hasn't quite started off on the right foot. Her boyfriend, Dex McConnell, is off at a Maine boarding school, and her best friends seem too preoccupied to care.

When she meets new girl Nora Lee, Miranda thinks she's finally found a friend who really understands her. That is, until Nora begins to imitate everything Miranda does, from her outfits to her love of writing. And when this begins to effect her relationships, Miranda realizes she needs to end their toxic friendship - and fast.

Miranda, Charlie, and Finn are back and better than ever in this latest addition to the GEEK HIGH series. Piper Banks once again brings readers a story about a geeky girl working through changing friendships and dealing with revenge. The author's multi-dimensional characters play off of one another with a sense of realism that hits close to home for any high schooler.

REVENGE OF THE GEEK is the perfect read for the nerd in all of us!

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo

Dust & Decay
Dust & Decay
by Jonathan Maberry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Dust & Decay (Hardcover)
Gold Star Award Winner!

Benny made it back from the Rot & Ruin only to start training with his brother, Tom, to leave again. After seeing the airplane fly over, Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Tom have been anxious to find out where it was going. Could there be civilization beyond the Rot & Ruin?

Every day, Tom trains Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong. He prepares them to fight the Zoms they are sure to encounter on their long trek across the dangerous country.

Everyone has different feelings about leaving home. Benny isn't sure he wants to leave FOREVER, but is willing to in order to be with Nix. Nix, who has nothing left, is desperate to leave behind all the bad memories. Lilah just wants to feel freedom and live outside the fences again. Tom decides he has to leave, since his countless pleas to the town leader's to build up defenses have fallen on deaf ears. Chong, without the permission of his parents, will be staying behind.

Tom plans an overnight trip to help the kids practice living beyond the fences. Chong is given permission to accompany his friends for this short adventure, which gives him more time to spend with Lilah.

The overnight outing doesn't go as planned though, and the kids are separated from each other and Tom. Evidence points to the possibility that Gameland is up and running again and, even worse, could Charlie Pink Eye still be alive?

DUST & DECAY is filled with danger and excitement, love and hatred. It keeps the reader engaged from the first page to the last. The horrors the characters live through are heartbreaking. This is a zombie book that will bring you to tears.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian

Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864
Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864
by Barry Denenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 10.94
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
Growing up on a Virginia plantation in the mid-1800s, slavery has been part of Emma Simpson's entire life. Now, she and her mother are working tirelessly to keep the place running in the absence of her father, who is somewhere to the south fighting the Yankees.

Emma hears constant reports describing the ignorant Yankees and their disapproval of holding the black people against their will. The slaves she's known on her father's plantation seem happy enough. She watches the women gladly helping her mother in the garden and in the main house. Even the men who work in the fields and drive the wagons appear content, and she knows none of them have been mistreated like some she's heard about.

Sporadic letters from Emma's father promise the South will win the war quickly, but as time passes more of their neighbors and friends are sending men off to fight. When Christmas of 1863 passes without a celebration, Emma realizes hopes of a short war might be wishful thinking. Aunt Caroline, Cousin Rachel, and Baby Elizabeth stay on into the New Year. Their company is welcome, especially when Emma's mother becomes ill.

Emma's diary over the next year describes the rapid and devastating changes as the war drags on. Although their slaves remain loyal, keeping the plantation running becomes more and more difficult, especially as her mother's health deteriorates. Word arrives almost daily of local men and boys losing their lives on the battlefield as the Yankees come closer every day.

Emma writes of her mother's death and sickness that threatens neighbors and friends. She describes enemy troops ransacking plantation homes, destroying prized possessions and taking food and livestock with no regard for the remaining women and children. Emma tries to remain hopeful despite the constant worry that her father and the young man she loves might not return alive.

Author Barry Denenberg gives readers a view of the Civil War through the eyes of a young girl from the South. Whatever one believes about the intent and purpose behind this historical time, Denenberg shows the toll it took on the lives of those who struggled to hold on while the war raged around them.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"

Girl Mary: A Novel
Girl Mary: A Novel
by Petru Popescu
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Girl Mary: A Novel (Paperback)
GIRL MARY is the re-imagining of the story of Mary and Joseph before the birth of Jesus. It is told through first the eyes of Pontius Pilate and then those of Mary.

Pontius Pilate is ordered by the Emperor of Rome to be a spy in Judah. He is to find a way for Agustus to become a deity. Pilate is fascinated by the Jewish people. He hears their legends, and when he finds that the tribe that is supposed to have the messiah has been banished by King Herod, he finds them and helps them to come back to Nazarath.

Mary is very spiritual. She sees and talks to God. She is also assertive, which is very unusual for a girl in those days. This is a love story between Mary and Joseph, with a little flirtation between Mary and Pilate.

I liked the characterization of Mary speaking with God. She has a very human-like relationship with him. She bargains with him to get her way, but is respectful of the fact that He is God.

But be warned that this isn't the traditional Mary and Joseph story. It is very different. I liked how the author saw Mary and how he saw Joseph. I also learned a lot about the lives of women during those times. In my head I can realize that it was very hard to be a woman in those days, but how hard I don't think I could ever know unless I lived it. This story focused a lot on the life of Jewish and some on the life of Roman women. It will open your eyes about how wretched their lives were.

The details about ordinary life throughout GIRL MARY were extraordinary. I could envision how hard people worked and what they felt. I was truly amazed, and I feel you would be too, if you give this book a try.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison

The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan le Fay
The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan le Fay
by Alex Epstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.66
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
Anna is the young daughter of a British warrior governor just growing into her extraordinary powers when a terrible event changed her life forever. With her father dead and her mother under the control of a nefarious ruler, this would-be peaceful Wiccan transformed into a scorned woman, desperate for revenge.

At her mother's urging, Anna flees to Ireland, where she would take a new name, Morgan le Fay. Extreme misfortune follows her, as she becomes a prisoner of war, sold into slavery to an elderly wise woman. As Morgan learned the craft, she managed to escape slavery for refuge in a Christian colony.

But can Morgan master her powers and finally get her revenge?

Alex Epstein gives readers a whole new perspective on one of medieval history's most infamous women. By exploring Morgan le Fay's mysterious childhood years, readers' previous conceptions will be easily swayed. History buffs and paranormal/fantasy fans alike will all find a hidden treasure in THE CIRCLE CAST.

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo

Priscilla the Great
Priscilla the Great
by Sybil Nelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.59
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Priscilla the Great (Paperback)
PRISCILLA THE GREAT is filled with enough action to satisfy even a hard-to-please middle grade reader. It's a Fantastic Four-type adventure but with a middle school twist.

Priscilla isn't particularly popular. She is into video games and comic book heroes. Her best friend, Kyle, offers her some competition, but most of the time he is afraid she'll beat him to a pulp. She beats him in video games and basketball, but amazingly he keeps coming back for more.

When Priscilla begins developing some strange abilities, even her extremely intelligent friend, Tai, can't figure out what is going on. The first unusual characteristic Priscilla seems to be exhibiting is the ability to set things on fire. It is an overheated feeling that accelerates to the point that Priscilla's fingertips become like flame throwers. Next, she notices a dramatic increase in her strength. These powers are accompanied by other strange feelings, and keeping them under control is a challenge.

At the same time Priscilla is struggling to understand the odd changes in her body, her father is being his usual over-protective self - requiring her to check in multiple times a day and not allowing any sort of after school activities or social life. Not having a cell phone is bad enough, but not being allowed to join in on the traditional festivities of middle school life is taking its toll.

Priscilla has taken a sudden interest in one particular boy. She would love nothing more than to have a woman-to-woman talk with her mother, but that's impossible. Her mom is always away on business. That woman's job is at the top of her priority list, with her family way down on the bottom. There is just something weird about hardly seeing her mom and having her father eyeing her every move and monitoring her every breath. Imagine living in a house your entire life and never being allowed to set foot in the basement! That's what Priscilla faces, and she vows to finally get to the bottom of all the strangeness.

Author Sybil Nelson keeps readers turning the pages with plenty of fast-paced adventure, including superhuman powers, mysterious corporations, and shady scientific experiments. Her endearing characters will capture readers and have them believing every wild and impossible situation that unfolds.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"

Rosebush
Rosebush
by Michele Jaffe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.80
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Rosebush (Hardcover)
Jane goes to a party on the Jersey Shore expecting to have fun with her friends and a romantic night with her boyfriend. Instead, she is run down by a car and left for dead - tangled in a rosebush on the side of the road.

Waking up in the hospital, Jane realizes she has no memory of what happened at the party, and that she is also paralyzed. With snatches of memory coming back at random moments and accounts from her friends, Jane attempts to piece together what really happened that night and who wants her dead - because the killer isn't finished with her.

Jane receives mysterious gifts and phone calls from the person responsible for her accident. The problem is, no one believes she is in danger. They blame the paranoia on all the drugs she is taking for the pain. Will she be able to figure out who is after her before it is too late?

Michele Jaffe has crafted a great mystery. She is able to make the reader continually change their minds about what happened by presenting us with several feasible suspects. So, you might ask why I didn't give it 5 stars. Honestly, I didn't find the final culprit to be believable. Other suspects had better reasons for wanting Jane out of the way than the actual person who harmed her. Also, I liked Jane, but she was too easily swayed by boys. Every time she met a new one she seemed to like him immediately. But, even with these two things, the book was great. I totally couldn't put it down.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian

Night School
Night School
by Mari Mancusi
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Night School (Paperback)
In light of the truth behind their family history, twins Sunny and Rayne are whisked away from the fae side of the family. They're relocated to the Swiss Alps to a vampire training facility, Riverdale Academy.

Rayne, believing she's the only vampire slayer, receives a rude awakening. She has a run-in with the Alpha slayers - the school's slayers. They're hoping to become recruited into Night School. Rayne has a particularly hard time fitting in, as she's both a vampire and a slayer. Without the synthetic blood, she grows weaker and weaker.

Sunny goes from crying her eyes out because she can't communicate with her soul mate, Magnus, to behaving erratically. Rayne knows that something's going on with her twin. She's determined to save Sunny from becoming a fairy princess instead of the regular life that she longs to live.

Rayne narrates NIGHT SCHOOL, the 5th book in the BLOOD COVEN VAMPIRE series, complete with snarky dialogue, pop culture references, romance, sisterly drama and protection, action, danger, and tons of fun.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel

Fall for Anything
Fall for Anything
by Courtney Summers
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Fall for Anything (Paperback)
Eddie Reeves is devastated when her photographer father commits suicide. She is consumed by the question of "why?" He left a note, but there were no answers. She meets Culler Evans, her father's one and only student, and he is consumed by the same questions she is.

Culler is mysterious, and seems to know more about her father than she does. Culler shows Eddie his discovery, at the place where her father committed suicide, and from there, they go on a search to find answers.

FALL FOR ANYTHING actually had a pretty slow start, unlike Summers' other novels. I was a little disappointed, because it wasn't like her other ones. It was still good, though. I felt a genuine concern for Eddie's character, because of her hurt and depression from her father's suicide. I was worried about her, and I don't often feel that kind of connection with characters.

Overall, this was a fairly good story, with a huge twist at the end which I definitely didn't see coming. If you enjoyed Ms. Summers' other novels, check this one out, too!

Reviewed by: Ashley B

Dark Parties
Dark Parties
by Sara Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Sept. 23 2011
This review is from: Dark Parties (Hardcover)
Neva lives with her mother and father under the Protectosphere - an electronically-charged dome that covers and protects the population. The Homeland tells the people that there is nothing beyond the Protectosphere except an unlivable wasteland.

Young people are encouraged to get married and have children in order to increase the dwindling population. Neva and her friends don't like being forced and manipulated to have children, and make a pact among themselves to abstain from sex.

Neva keeps track of people who have disappeared over the years. At the top of the list is her Grandmother. She doesn't believe what the government told her family about her Grandmother dying, and always holds on to the hope that she'll see her again someday.

When Neva and her friends can't stand by and watch what's going on anymore, they attempt to start an underground rebellion. They knew it would be dangerous, but they never realized just how much the government was keeping secret. Neva and her friends might be the next ones to go missing if they don't stay one step ahead of the Homeland.

DARK PARTIES is an interesting dystopian novel. It includes friendship, survival, betrayal, and suspense. The story will definitely keep you turning pages until you get to the exciting conclusion.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian

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